Summer Camps

By Matt Ross / April 22, 2019

When I started One River, I was hoping to build a fun art school that provided compelling experiences. Having said that, I also thought we could create really special summer camps that would give Teens and Kids unique experiences that allowed parents to invest in their growth and development. But, never in my wildest dreams…

The Tree of Influence

By Matt Ross / April 15, 2019

For much of my life, rock music was the dominant artform and I studied every aspect of it. One of the things that always interested me was “which artists influenced the artists that I was listening to?” So much of classic rock was built on the backs of blues artists and you can hear this…

The Fool in All of Us

By Matt Ross / April 1, 2019

About two years ago, I started to paint a new substantial body of art work and the craziest thing happened. Next month, I have a solo show at the Whitney Museum and I have catapulted into the fine art world and at 57 as a dynamic emerging artist! April Fools!! OK, now that I have…

Cameron Welch: Winner of the One River Emerging Art Award

By Matt Ross / March 25, 2019
Cameron Welch Art Award

I am thrilled to announce that One River has taken another step towards supporting emerging artists by presenting the first annual One River Emerging Art Award to Cameron Welch. We have been hard at work for the last seven years teaching art and presenting exhibitions in our schools. Now we are accelerating our ability to…

The Queen of Abstraction: Hilma af Klint

By Matt Ross / March 18, 2019

For the last few months, every artist that I follow on Instagram posted photos of their experience viewing the Hilma af Klint exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum and last week was my chance to see what it was all about. I was stunned…I knew nothing about her and the show was breathtaking. This is the…

Teaching Through the Lens of Living Artists

By Matt Ross / March 11, 2019

A few weeks ago, I sat for an interview with Steve Adubato. Steve has a program titled Caucus on NJ TV and it airs throughout the state of New Jersey on PBS stations. I had a chance to talk a little bit about why we do what we do and thought that he asked me…

Channel Your Ideas

By Matt Ross / March 4, 2019

The other day I was talking to a friend who was telling me about a new business concept that he had and I was astounded with the creativity that went into conceptualizing it.  Once we got past the “why”, we got deeper into the discussion about “how”.  How would he take the product to market…

Perspective

By Matt Ross / February 18, 2019

What do you see when you look at the picture above? The obvious answer is a group of interesting teenagers, perhaps a range of ages 13-18, assembled in front of some cool artwork with some interesting looking adults who may be artists and educators. That is one perspective. The other perspective gets at the root…

Who is your favorite artist today?

By Matt Ross / February 11, 2019

When someone asks you this question, they generally don’t add the “today” and the answers that follow almost always include the likes of Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, Matisse and others. Once in awhile Warhol will slide in there. Truth be told, for most people it is a very hard question to answer because they simply…

ONE RIVER IS COMING TO LONG ISLAND

By Matt Ross / January 28, 2019

This March we open our 10th location in Woodbury, NY, our first location on Long Island in the heart of northern Nassau County.  Sometime this spring we will open a second location in Suffolk County as well, in the quaint town of Port Jefferson.  I am so excited to bring our concept to Long Island since I…